Bar Italia Italian restaurant is on the banks of the life, just at the Millenium Bridge and across from Temple Bar. David Izzo spent years as part of the Dunne and Crescenzi family, but now Bar Italia is his baby, and the food and service are as authentically Italian as possible.
Bar Italia doesn't just look Italian, it is Italian. The young waiting staff are all Italian and that's the language you'll hear them use to one another. Italian music plays on the stereo, the coffee machine hisses steam and makes that inimitable noise when steaming the milk for cappuccinos. A blackboard lists the specials of the day, and if you need more convincing of the authenticity you’ll find the names more than a little reassuring, as they too are mostly in Italian.
At lunchtime the tables are set with very pretty printed place setters, and the crowd are a mixture of tourists and local workers who fancy some decent food. A starter special of Burrata and Parma ham is deliciously rich and satisfying, and the homemade ravioli of the day is filled with lobster and crab with a shrimp cream sauce. Both of these dishes are excellent and after a bottle of San Pellegrino and some good freshly made espresso we head out into the chilly November afternoon looking forward, like Paolo some years ago on his first visit to a return for dinner. Here’s a bit of his review;
Modern Italian cooking with authentic flavours and ingredients sums it up nicely. One of Dublin city’s better Italian restaurant, pop along for lunch or dinner for a true taste of Italy.